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New islands discovered in the Arctic Ocean – after a glacier melted

The hydrography research group of the Russian Navy’s Northern Fleet has discovered five islands in the region of Franz Josef Land in the Arctic Ocean, the website of the Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported.

According to the fleet’s statement, the smallest island is 900, while the largest one is 54,500 square metres. The researchers have completed a topographical survey of the islands.

The scientists discovered the islands, located near the Nansen Glacier west of Severny Island, three years ago, while analysing satellite images of Vise Bay.

The scientists assume that the islands were previously covered by the glacier. Between 2015 and 2018, the topographic experts of the Northern Fleet have contributed to the discovery 30 new islands, capes and bays in the region of the Franz Josef Land and Novaya Zemlya archipelagos.

The region of the Nansen glacier Photo: Shutterstock

Source: MTI – Hungarian News Agency

Further information: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

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